Report: NFL Players Discussing Not Playing in 2020 Due to Social Injustice
On Friday, NBA star Kyrie Irving held a conference call with some players in the NBA about sitting out the resumption of the 2020 NBA season to focus on continuing to fight for equality. Irving believed that the NBA would be a distraction from continuing to fight the battle against racial profiling and social injustice. According to Pat Donovan of 95.3 WDAE in Tampa, the same discussion is being had among a group of NFL players. Some players believe that the conversation around race is bigger than their sport and may consider not playing this upcoming season.
The fight against police brutality, social injustice, and racial profiling has been going on for many, many years. This picked up recently though as police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota murdered George Floyd along with Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Another example of being profiled based on race is Ahmaud Arbery being murdered while jogging in Glynn County, Georgia by white men. These three incidents were the tip that began a worldwide movement of protests. Athletes, celebrities, companies, and many others began campaigning for Black Lives Matter which is what the focus of this discussion is.
Should players not play to continue to fight for equality? Should players believe that their lives and their Black brothers and sisters lives are more important than their jobs as professional athletes? Could their be a way as a whole to continue to bring light to the issues going on not only in America but worldwide towards injustice instead of sitting out? One thing is for sure. Change is needed. This discussion is being had and it will be something to watch as we approach getting ready for the 2020-21 NFL season.
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